“Bold, strong, decisive” are the words past National President Aphrodite Skeadas attributed to “Philoptochos women.” For many years at the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta, ninety-five-year-old Philoptochos member Georgia Tassopoulos has been just that…bold, strong, decisive.
Georgia’s strong commitment to Philoptochos started when she and her sister Helen attended a seminar at St. Basil’s Academy, the “new” school established by Philoptochos to care for Orthodox children at risk. She “saw how much St. Basil’s Academy needed help,” and so she joined Philoptochos faithfully supporting many Vasilopita celebrations and activities to benefit the children.
As a young member, Georgia helped with war relief and bake sales. She recognized the need to expand programs and was “impressed by the older woman who had the courage to take on new projects.” She followed, determined to strengthen their lead. She visited and supported Our House, a safe place for needy children to spend the day while mothers trained for a job. Boldly, she reached out to the Atlanta Union Mission, a growing inner-city shelter for homeless men and women. She volunteered at the Savannah Street Mission to feed the hungry of the surrounding neighborhood.
Georgia’s talents were evident. She helped plan the first Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon held in Atlanta. On the chapter board, her decisive leadership enriched Membership programs and broadened Social Service efforts.
Though a strong “friend of the poor,” Georgia was devoted first to serving her church. She served as Co-Director of the Sunday School and was also a Sunday School teacher. Her innovative “summer” Sunday School class invited parents and children new to the area to come together for fellowship and a hands-on Bible lesson.
In later years, she and her husband Harry lovingly volunteered as Sunday “Greeters.” Together they also were active members of the first Annunciation Stewardship Committee.
Georgia Tassopoulos, a legacy of Philoptochos…definitely “bold, strong, decisive!”
Georgia lives in Atlanta. She and her husband Harry raised two sons, Kerry and Tim. Kerry lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Katina and their children Harrison, Cynthia, and Alexander. Tim and his wife Maria live in Atlanta with sons Luke and Nicholas.